ARPA (The Amazon Region Protected Areas program) preserves a full third of the Amazon rainforest.
TUMUCUMAQUE (too-moo-koo-mah-kay) was the first ARPA reserve. It's four times the size of Yellowstone.
THE AMAZON is home to over half of the world's species. It's the lungs of the planet, and the pharmacy of the world.
is the third largest illegal business in the
world. Over 38 million animals are
captured annually in Brazil; 90% die.
EDUCATION Greenspan offers lesson plans: the Science Project, Environmental Education, Botany, Animal, and Ecology Guides.
How can we look our children and grandchildren in the eye, and say that when we were kids we loved the pandas, lions and whales, but then as grownups we destroyed them? How can we tell other nations to protect their resources while we destroy our own? How can we spend billions of dollars searching for life in outer space while we spend billions of dollars destroying irreplaceable species of life on earth?
There have been 5 mass
extinctions in the Earth's past, and 7 out of 10 biologists now believe
that we are experiencing another mass extinction of living things.
Unlike prior extinctions, this "sixth extinction" is the first to be
human-induced, and the fastest in the 4.5 billion year history of Earth.
Scientists ranked the
critical effects of biodiversity loss as: seriously impairing the
ability of the environment to recover from natural and human-induced
disasters, destroying the natural systems that purify our air and water,
reducing the discovery of new medicines, increasing flooding, drought,
and other environmental disasters, contributing to the degradation of
the world's economies, damaging agriculture, fisheries, and decreasing
the ability to control infectious diseases.
Bird: © Jon Sullivan / Brazil Fire - USDA